Ink Illustration was founded by Rachel Gannon, Fumie Kamijo and Chloé
Regan at the Royal College of Art in 2007. They work from their London
studio on a variety of commisioned and self-initiated projjests including
editorial retailing, curating, museum installations craft and exhibitions.
Clients include: Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Victoria
and Albert Museum, Vital Arts, Historic Royal Palaces, World of Interiors,
Varoom Magazine, Free Word, Topshop, Graniph, HHMI Bulletin,
Rachel is an illustrator, designer and founding member of creative
collective INK Illustration. Rachel graduated from the Royal College
of Art in 2007. Since then she has been working on a wide range of
commissions; her clients have included Tate Modern, Kensington Palace,
The Royal London Hospital and The Natural History Museum. Her work
is inspired by the everyday which she rigorously documents within
the confines of her sketchbooks. Rachel is a regular lecturer on the
Illustration BA courses at Norwich University College of the Arts
and at the University of Bedfordshire.
'My illustrations are about the human condition, relationships and
ordinary life. Although some of my work is very much rooted in fiction
and the past, the themes of loss, dissatisfaction, love, adultery
and identity are timeless. I am influenced by novels, drawing on the
bus, reportage photography and told stories. Most of my illustrations
are a combination of collage and drawing, they appear low-tech and
I aim to continue to get commissions as an individual illustrator
as well as working within Ink - an illustration collective made up
of three graduating RCA students'.
Visual Editor, Hockney
Gallery, London, 2006; Oberon Book Illustration Award, Royal College
of Art, London, 2006
Highly Commended, Oberon Book Illustration Award, 2006; Shortlisted,
Student Illustrator Catagory, V&A Illustration Award, 2006
Fumie Kamijo was born in Tokyo and moved to London in 1998. She then
studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art and thereafter continued
her studies at the Royal College of Art, where she achieved a Master's
degree in Communication Art and Design.
Fumie's work is based upon a range of subjects including relationships,
emotions, and narrative storytelling. Her work has surrealist qualities
and captures some of the darker and slightly sinister aspects of human
behaviour. She lives and works in London as a member of the Ink illustration
'My work attempts to give a form to spontaneous thoughts, emotions
and the wonder of life. I am inspired by human behaviour, relationships
and the absurdity of everyday life'.
Visual Editor, Hockney
Gallery, London, 2006; Oberon Book Illustration Award, RCA, London,
Third Prize, Oberon Book Illustration Awards, 2006; Runner-up, UNIQLO
T-shirt Competition, 2005
Chloé Regan's drawing takes the form of reportage by documenting
in and around a subject. She sketches continuously from life and her
prolific sketchbooks capture reflections, verve and experience. Chloé's
sketches are autonomous, however these drawings often inspire narratives
which too interrogate life. Reportage illustration is a significant
inspiration and forms a relevant context for Chloé's interest
in observing and reflecting on the world around her.
Chloé's reportage illustration explores the sketch. It is a
style of drawing which is incomplete and less than perfect. The openness
of the sketch appeals to her. It avoids finality and is extreme in
its experimentation and reactionary attitude. The sketch allows Chloé
to work instinctively and spontaneously in exploring that which excites
her; real people, their live and relationships and the significant
of the places in which their lives are acted out.
Chloé works both individually and on collaborative commissions
with Ink, an illustration collective formed with two other RCA graduates.
She has recently exhibited at Tenderpixel Gallery, London, produced
a commission for 'Critical Dictionary's Exhibition'
at Black Dog Publishing, London and taught
drawing at Central Saint Martin's Summer School. She is also a Senior
Lecturer and Pathway Leader for Illustration at the Arts University
College at Bournemouth.